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2014 NEPCA Conference

Proposals are now being accepted for NEPCA's 2014 conference at Providence College, which convenes October 24-25. 2014. Click on FALL CONFERENCE tab for full information. Scroll down to "How Do I Submit a Proposal"

Rollins Prize

NEPCA is now accepting nominations from publishers for the best work in popular and/or American culture published in 2102. Click on the NEPCA Prizes tab above for details.

Important Dates

June 1: Books to be considered for the Rollins Prize must be received by this date.

June 13: Last day to submit conference paper proposals.

July 31: Last day to submit items for NEPCA News.

August 30: Lat day for pre-registrants to be listed in program.

October 10: Last day mail-in registrations can be processed in time for the conference.

October 24-25: 2014 Fall Conference.

NEPCA’s 2014Fall Conference

NEPCA will meet on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI October 24-25, 2014.

For conference information, click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab above. This will take you to a page where you find all the materials you need. Scroll down to “How Do I Submit a Proposal?”  

Publishing Opp for Foodies

CFP: Food Issue of European Journal of American Culture

For this issue we seek diverse perspectives that investigate the joys and sorrows of food within United States populations that have been influenced and/or impacted Europe. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary papers that draw from cinema, music, document, visual and material culture, history, literature, philosophy, and mass media.

The European Journal of American Culture (EJAC) is an academic, refereed journal for scholars, academics and students from many disciplines with a common involvement in the interdisciplinary study of America and American culture, drawing on a variety of approaches and encompassing the whole evolution of the country. Please consult the website for more information:,id=138/

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. EJAC uses Harvard style. We can include unlimited black-and-white images and figures. If it is essential that your image or images be in color, please notify us. Please submit an abstract by January 1, 2015 to the editors below.  Manuscripts will be due on March 31, 2015.

Caryn E. Neumann, Miami University, 4200 North University Blvd, Middletown, OH 45042

Jennifer P. Yamashiro, Miami University, 1600 University Boulevard, Hamilton, OH 45011

CFP: Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC) 5th Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2015

Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC)

5th Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2015

Five Years of Keeping the Ideas Flowing


The Fifth Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9, 2015.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, forms and genres of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present. We also invite presentation and exhibition proposals from visual and multimedia artists whose work engages with popular culture.

We share an interdisciplinary vision of this association. Many of our members come from the humanities and social sciences but we are interested in featuring papers from a wide variety of disciplines and cross-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and independent scholars as well as other professionals with a critical interest in popular culture.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

Single paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a list of keywords or key phrases (maximum 5), and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of 100 words or less. Panel proposals should include all of the above information for each presenter, plus a proposed title for the panel and a brief rationale. Proposals from visual and multimedia artists should consist of a title, an artist’s statement and rationale of no more than 300 words, and a sample of the work(s) specified. For more information visit us at

The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2015. The conference organizers will endeavour to contact all potential participants by February 2015.

Please send proposals, requests for information, or any press/media inquiries, to the conference committee at:

Lovely Note from Lisa Silvestri

Ever wonder if giving a paper at NEPCA does any professional good? We won’t kid you–the job market is very tough–but sometimes good things happen to good people. At NEPCA’s 2013 conference, then graduate student Lisa Silvestri delivered a paper titled “Social Media at War: Shining, Happy People Holding Guns.” It was so good we awarded Lisa the prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the conference.But wait! There’s more. Here’s an excerpt (used with Lisa’s permission) of a lovely and gracious note she sent to Amos St. Germain, who chaired the prize committee:

Dear Amos:
Thank you for the note! I have been on a dead sprint since August. I began a new job at Gonzaga University- I am an Assistant Professor in their Communication Studies Dept. So far, so good. I am really enjoying Spokane, WA. My first experience with the Pacific Northwest. It really is as beautiful as they say.
I want to apologize profusely for missing the conference. I am so proud of that award. It gave me the confidence to share my work more broadly. I want you to know that that paper turned into an article for Visual Comm Quarterly and I have a book contract with Kansas Press for my book, Friended at the Front: Social Media and 21st Century War, to be published in the fall of 2015. I think it really all started with that award and the courage it instilled in me. It made me feel like my project is worthy and my voice is valuable. Thank you so much for the support.


Job Posting: Springfield College American Literature

Springfield College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of Humanities. Tine College Is seeking candidates with experience teaching pre-Civil War American literature with additional expertise in diverse literatures and film studies. A strong commitment to equity, diversity and student success is required. Responsibilities Include teaching four courses per semester including first-year writing.

Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrate excellence in teaching. ABDs will be considered. Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2014 with an employment date of August, 2015. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a statement of teaching and research philosophy, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references to: Dr. Anne Herzog, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109.

E-materials accepted at

It Came from the Internet

Click here for “It Came from the Internet an interesting blog from the PCAACA H_net site

NEPCA Book Exhibit

Thanks to Bob Hackey and Julie DeCesare for making pictures of the NEPCA members book exhibit available: Click here.

Ann Axtmann Book Award Statement

The winner of the Peter C. Rollins Prize for the best book on popular or American culture published in 2013 is: Ann Axtmann for her work Indians and Wannabes, which was nominated by the University of Florida Press. Ann could not attend this year’s conference, but she sent this very gracious thank you, which was read at the conference. Thank you, Ann, and we hope to catch you next year.


To my Colleagues at the Northeast Popular Culture Association:

First and foremost, I want to thank NEPCA for granting Indians and Wannabes. Native

American Powwow Dancing in the Northeast and Beyond the 2013 Northeast Popular

Cultural Association’s Peter C. Rollins Book Award. I especially thank the folks on the

Book Award Committee for their time and energy. I also thank the University Press of

Florida for taking a risk with a manuscript that deals with areas that are often under-
represented: Native American performance and body movement and dance studies.

In 1999, as I began work on Indians and Wannabes, I presented my first paper on

powwows at the Popular Culture Association’s 4th

Americas in Cholula, Mexico. For that conference, due to Peter C. Rollins’s friendly

and persistent encouragement via e-mail, I chaired the newly created “Native America

and Performance AREA” that included five panels and many exciting presenters from

around the world. Subsequently, the Mid-Atlantic Almanack published, “Space, Time,

and Popular Culture: Native American Indian Intertribal Powwows” as the result of my

presentation on that topic at the 10th

Culture Conference in Valley Forge, PA. I also presented another paper on powwows at

the 5th

International PCA Congress––again, in Mexico. In other words, many of the ideas

in this book were developed because of the opportunities afforded to me by the Popular

Culture Association and its regional branches. I regret that I was unable to attend the

NEPCA conference this year to personally accept this award. However, I hope to meet

many of you at future meetings.

Indians and Wannabes focuses on how everyday movement and dance embody and

express the power of Native American powwows primarily along the northeast Atlantic

coastline from New Jersey into New England. After years of fieldwork, movement and

performance analysis, and a passion and respect for the beauty of Native American

powwow dance, the text introduces readers to the complexities of powwow history,

describes how space and time are performed along the powwow trail, identifies specific

powwow dance styles, and considers the issue of race in relation to Native American

dancers and the phenomenon of “playing Indian” by non-natives. Field photographs

illustrate Indian dancers and singers, wannabes, and aspects such as the Grand Entry.

There is also a photograph of my own maternal grandparents as they “dress up” as

Indians at Oberlin College in 1916. For more information please check the link: FIND


Again, I want to thank Virginia Cowen as well as Rob Weir, everyone on the Book

Award Committee, and all members of NEPCA for this great honor. It serves as an

acknowledgment of the critical importance of Native American culture and dance

throughout North America and, as I write at the end of Indians and Wannabes, the many

ways in which “Powwow people and their dance––these bodies in motion––can inspire us

with wonder, hope, and the energy to continue the struggle for survival and much, much



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